Need extra income? 7 great summer jobs

Landscaping, painting, retail and childcare offer income opportunities over the summer

Summer jobs can be a rite of passage; a first step into the labour force for the young. But they also offer opportunities for some extra income to professionals with downtime, according to a new report on summer hiring opportunities by CareerCast, a job portal.

Certain fields are staples of summer hiring. Increased travel historically fuels a jump in hospitality jobs, as well as industries tied to travel like food and beverage.

Entry-level hotel jobs, like clerks, offer opportunities for part-time summer gigs. Meanwhile, during the day, parents working 9-to-5 need childcare for their young ones with most schools out for the summer.  Local entities such as camps staff up to meet the growing demand at summertime.

Referencing the BLS Job Openings and Labour Turnover Summary (JOLTS) ahead of the summer of 2016, jobs in wholesale and goods manufacturing look to be some of this year’s big summertime winners.

In the June JOLTS, there were 65,000 new wholesale trade jobs, 58,000 new positions in transportation, warehousing, and utilities, and 46,000 new vacancies in durable goods manufacturing. Each of those three sectors tie into commerce.

The growing number of vacancies in commerce jobs translates to opportunities in delivery, workhouse positions and retail.

Another indicator pointing to summer hiring trends: late-spring jumps in home sales. With home sales likely to rise, positions tied to the industry have favourable outlooks. Prospective sellers need to invest in upkeep, both on the interior and exterior of their homes. That means jobs for landscapers, as well as painters, construction and maintenance workers.

Because most of these jobs are seasonal and/or part-time, and often need employees to get up to speed quickly, most do not require formal education. Thus, the median wages per hour are comparatively lower.

For first jobs or supplementary income at a time when demand is high, CareerCast names these seven jobs that offer abundant opportunities:

Childcare worker: Median wage per hour: $9.77

Delivery driver: Median wage per hour: $13.34

Hand labourer and materials mover: Median wage per hour: $11.58

Hotel clerk: Median wage per hour: $10.87

Landscaping and groundskeeping worker: Median wage per hour: $12.03

Painting, construction and maintenance worker: Median wage per hour: $17.59

Retail sales worker: Median wage per hour: $10.60

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